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Thread: Running Nine USB-Based Displays On Linux

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    Default Running Nine USB-Based Displays On Linux

    Phoronix: Running Nine USB-Based Displays On Linux

    Last May we were briefed that DisplayLink would provide open-source driver support on Linux. DisplayLink is a company that makes graphics processors capable of powering high resolution displays that work over a USB connection...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzkyOQ

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    So with one driver we will have support of every usb card of this company?

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    USB simply doesn't have enough bandwidth to operate a monitor of any useful resolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thefirstm View Post
    USB simply doesn't have enough bandwidth to operate a monitor of any useful resolution.
    It may not be enough for general video playback, but it might be useful for relatively static stuff. For example, consider the arrival/departure displays at an airport - they need a bunch of screens to display the information, but the contents don't need to change very often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thefirstm View Post
    USB simply doesn't have enough bandwidth to operate a monitor of any useful resolution.
    My wife used one of these (on Windows) for a couple of years, running 1680x1050. I never heard a complaint from her. No gaming, but web videos displayed just fine. If I remember correctly, they compress the data stream.

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    USB3 will probably change this, it has a lot larger bandwidth.

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    that is pretty awesome!

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    I can see an application for this in running projectors for presentations. Can do away with the VGA plug on netbooks for example, add in a few more (and more useful) USB plugs.

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    Are these "graphics cards" capable of running a modern compositing desktop with effects (like KDE 4 or sth.) only using fully opensourced drivers?

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    THEIR? For crying out loud, Michael, please read the articles before posting them...

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